Venom screenwriter Paul Wernick said just two weeks ago that he and co-writer Rhett Reese had handed in their second draft of the script to Sony, and that Sony would now be “pushing forward in whatever ways they push forward”. Well it seems a fair bit of pushing has been taking place, as according to Variety a director has been hired. He’s called Gary Ross and he’s no strange to the universe, as he is currently re-writing the Spider-Man 4 script.
The relationship between Columbia Pictures and Gary Ross that began with his rewrite on “Spider-Man 4” is taking a “Venom”-ous turn.
I am hearing that the studio is in talks with Ross to helm the Spidey-spinoff “Venom,” and rewrite the script.
Ross will begin writing the script as soon as he completes the “Spider-Man” film.
While Venom showed up in the last Spidey installment, the intention is to start from scratch. Topher Grace played him in the last picture but the role will likely be recast.
Ross’ past directing credits include Pleasantville and Seabiscuit, and while they aren’t big action movies they are good films, so Venom should be in capable hands.